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The End We Start From
By (author): Megan Hunter
9780735235021 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Dystopian Nov 07, 2017
$25.00 CAD
Active 5.26 x 7.55 x 0.64 in 144 pages Penguin Canada Hamish Hamilton
Aspen Words Literary Prize 2018, Long-listed
An indelible and elemental debut—a lyrical vision of the strangeness and beauty of new motherhood, and a tale of endurance in the face of unimaginable change.

In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family is forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z’s small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.

This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family’s world—of new life and new hope—sings with love.

Megan Hunter was born in Manchester in 1984, and now lives in Cambridge with her young family. She has a BA in English Literature from Sussex University, and an MPhil in English Literature: Criticism and Culture from Jesus College, Cambridge. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. The End We Start From is her first book.

Author Residence: Cambridge, UK

Author Hometown: Manchester, UK

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Longlisted for the 2018 Aspen Words Literary Prize

One of Loan Stars' Librarian Picks of November 2017

The End We Start From is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, in that it shares the same narrative detachment, and the same precise poetry. It is of course told from the perspective of a mother, rather than a father, and is set in a world that is only beginning to fall into chaos . . . Megan Hunter’s remarkable debut novel feels like the other half of the story.” —Financial Times

“Megan Hunter’s entry into fiction uses spare, striking design to complement prose and create a gripping debut…the glimpses of [the] flooding world are both chilling and moving. And the voice of the narrator is so commanding it’s impossible to not pay attention to her words.” The Toronto Star

“A new take on the [dystopian] genre, this startling debut combines utter despair with the reality of family life . . . Megan Hunter’s prose is beautiful and insightful. Everyone who reads this will come away feeling renewed.” —Elle (UK)

“A book whose prose is pared back to match the minimal existence it describes. Every detail feels weighted with significance…. Megan Hunter is a poet.” New Statesman

The End We Start From is a stunning tale of motherhood. Megan has crafted a striking and frighteningly real story of a family fighting for survival that will make everyone stop and think about what kind of planet we are leaving behind for our children. We’re beyond thrilled to be bringing this story to life.” —Benedict Cumberbatch

“Written in a stripped-back, detached prose that is all the more powerful for its economy, this is an uplifting celebration of the reality of motherhood in the face of terrifying global disaster.” Daily Mail

“A very exciting debut from a hugely talented young writer . . . [Hunter’s] beautiful prose is spare, yet able to conjure every emotion in the reader from terror to wonder. A stunning achievement.” —The Bookseller (Editor’s Choice)

“Virginia Woolf does cli-fi . . . the beating heart of this tender and tremendous story is without doubt Hunter’s portrait of early motherhood, an all-encompassing world of its own.” —The Independent

“You can tell that Megan Hunter is a poet: her slender, startling debut shimmers with light, even as the novel heads into dark territory . . . Tender and profound.” —Psychologies “Book of the Month” (UK)

“Motherhood is an immersive experience and Hunter is brilliant on the urgency of it.”The Irish Times

The End We Start From is beautiful, thought-provoking and most of all, hauntingly believable. It is a tale of hope at a time when the country truly needs it. A stunning debut.” —The Aberdeen Press and Journal

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter is a short, concentrated book — a shot of distilled story, like the pulp of a tale boiled to a thick spiced paste. The narrator gives birth to her son on the same day the barriers finally fail and London is flooded in a global warming calamity. She and her partner R — the names are boiled down too, the bare indication of character — try to find safety. With passages from mythology interspersed with its imagined future, the book is engrossing, compelling and finally hopeful.” —Naomi Alderman, author of The Power (winner of the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction), The Financial Times, Summer Books of 2017 Critics’ Picks

“. . . startlingly poetic . . . Hunter writes with delicacy and precision; her imagery is pearlescent in places. It’s a sliver of a novel, but it shimmers.” The Observer

“This economy of style empowers a narrative celebrating motherhood, which is ambitious, original and disturbing — and took me back to those raw early days of parenthood.” The Mail on Sunday

“Set in a post-apocalyptic Britain, Megan Hunter’s debut is lyrical, uplifting and unmissable.” Stylist

“Hunter’s spare, drumskin-tight prose zings off the page, and ingenious descriptions abound . . . a book of wide horizons and big ideas . . . For Hunter . . . the future looks very bright indeed.” The Scotsman

“The End We Start From is an effective, unusual and ambitious debut, which keeps the reader pinned to the page.” The Guardian

“Written in spare fragments with a lyrical pull . . . a haunting work, all the way to its unpredictable ending.” The Sunday Times

“written with poetic reticence, it paints an expansive and moving portrait of the struggles and celebrations that any new parent faces against a backdrop that feels at once like a distant nightmare and an all-too-probable consequence of climate change.” – Chloe Schama, Vogue

“An exceptional, alarming and beautiful book, which still echoes months after I finished reading it. Megan Hunter is a writer of unnerving power.” —Evie Wyld

“The End We Start From is strange and powerful, and very apt for these uncertain times. I was moved, terrified, uplifted sometimes all three at once. It takes skill to manage that, and Hunter has a poet’s understanding of how to make each word count.” —Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring

“The End We Start From is a beautifully spare, haunting meditation on the persistence of life after catastrophe. I loved it.” —Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

“I can’t remember ever having read a novel quite as sparing or as daring as Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From, or one that delivers so mighty an impact from such delicate materials. It is a moving, wistful and compelling debut.” —Jim Crace, author of Harvest

“Extraordinary. Megan Hunter’s prose is exquisite, her depiction of a world descending into chaos is frighteningly real, and yet, it is her portrayal of motherhood – that tender-terrifying experience of bringing a child into a world that has remained with me. The End We Start From is an incredible, original exploration of all that beauty, boredom and bewilderment. I read it in one sitting, and was deeply moved.” —Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites and The Good People

“I’ll be recommending this book for years to come. Utterly brilliant, hugely important. Here’s the thing: it’s perfect.” —Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall

“Beautiful . . . Water isn’t the thing here, love is. And how we survive as the level of love rises.” —Cynan Jones, author of The Dig and The Cove

“Exceptional, stunning. I devoured it.” —Megan Bradbury, author of Everyone is Watching

“The End We Start From is relentlessly, achingly personal. Hunter reminds us that disasters are rarely experienced in panorama. Instead, we live bone-deep inside our narrator. This book is fierce, sorrowful, and spiked with moments of bright joy.” —Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You

“The End We Start From is so good and clever: a beautiful, timely book about survival (both domestic and global) shot through with hope and humanity.” —Lisa Owens, author of Not Working

“A flood of spare prose courses through Megan Hunter’s debut novel” Vanity Fair

“The real strength of this wonderfully earthy novel is in its sharpened lens on motherhood’s apocalyptic-feeling joys and terrors, and how they can form an all-encompassing world.”Vogue

“The postapocalyptic literary novel is currently in vogue almost to the point of redundancy, but Hunter’s slim yet sharp debut offers a level of precision and interiority rarely seen in the genre….Told in a voice that is by turns meditative, desperate, and hopeful, this novel showcases Hunter’s considerable talents and range.”Publishers Weekly


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